UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Facebook’s decision to remove a number of accounts, pages and groups from Russia focused on African countries violates the principle of freedom of information distribution, this is a pressure due to the fact that the United States is not beneficial for the development of Russian relations with this region, a member of the State Duma Committee on International affairs of Anton Morozov.
Previously, Facebook removed three networks of accounts, pages and groups from Russia targeting African countries for “foreign intervention”. The company connects remote networks with Russian businessman Evgeny Prigozhin.
According to Facebook, this revealed their “own investigation.” The document states that it is about deleting 35 accounts, 53 pages and seven groups on Facebook, as well as five Instagram accounts. Facebook also notes that deleted accounts “often distributed” Sputnik and RT content.
“This is an obvious violation of the rights to freedom of information distribution. It seems to me that Facebook here definitely violated this principle. This, of course, does not honor this social network,” Morozov told RIA.
“As you know, Russia hosted a powerful Russian-African forum in Sochi. It was stated there that we have forgiven old Soviet debts to African countries, which, in general, reopens opportunities for Russia to actively participate in the political and economic life of the continent. Africa is very an important continent in terms of influence on world politics, therefore, I think that the Americans who control Facebook and try to control the world media are not interested in Russia taking serious positions in the African continent ente, therefore, they initiate such pressure,” the deputy explained.
Facebook’s policy towards Russia has been criticized by the Russian authorities on several occasions. In mid-October, company head Mark Zuckerberg accused the Russian Federation, Iran and China of the 2020 U.S. elections.
Facebook blocked four networks of accounts, three from Iran and one from Russia, motivating it with a fight against foreign influence. According to the company, the goals of these networks were the United States, North Africa and Latin America.
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